Help us raise £2.4m
for Hope Foundry

Help our pioneering
charity buy a home

Our Mission…

We’re MAP Charity – and we need your help!

We’re an innovative charity providing first-hand experience of the creative industries to young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream education. We offer qualifications, inspiration, and a creative ecosystem that turns our young people into the creatives of tomorrow.

To secure our long-term future, we need to raise £2.4m.

Last year we developed a robust and inspiring plan to purchase Hope Foundry, raised our profile within the city and grew our support network – and what an incredible response we got! The seeds were sown and the creative community is growing, but now we need your help to make this a reality.

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How will £2.4 million be spent?

Our principal ambition is to raise sufficient funds to buy Hope Foundry – the building in which we’re currently located. The funds will help us deepen the rich learning experience we already offer to young people and create new career paths for them to join the creative business community.

Our vision is to create a kitchen, a cafe, a roof-garden, studios, co-working, event, gallery and retail and other public spaces while safeguarding the future of one of the UK’s most innovative off-site education providers.

Phase 1

Building our team

As the first phase of our fundraising campaign, we are seeking to immediately raise £50,000 to grow our development team and support running cost for this project in 2018. The funds will enable MAP Charity to increase the working hours of their Communications Manager, as well as employ a skilled Development Project Manager.

Please help us make this a reality by donating now, or get in touch to request further information on our business plan and development budget: fundraising@mapcharity.org

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MAP Charity

What is MAP?

Our charity runs a sustainable model for how education and creative businesses can interact and innovate.

Music and Arts Production (MAP Charity) registered as a charity in 2008 to deliver creative training to young people. Now, we provide BTEC qualifications in Creative Media, Art & Design, alongside qualifications in Maths and English, to 11-16- year-olds who are struggling in the traditional school system.

All of this is delivered through an artistic ecosystem that nurtures the next generation of creatives. Found out more on the MAP Education website.

How we operate

Our approach is unique and ground-breaking. We offer space and support to creative businesses and in return they provide students on the education project with support, inspiration, and the opportunity to apply the skills they’re taught. This is our creative ecosystem.

Our partners help students understand how they can become professionals in graphics, design, woodwork, metalwork, screen printing, pottery, photography, audio engineering, horticulture, catering, and many more creative sectors.

We will also soon add apprenticeships for 16+ year olds, extending our support past the existing education project that we run.

Hope Foundry

The Vision

Hope Foundry is a 16,500sqft Grade II Listed Building in the Mabgate area of central Leeds. The building has been our home since 2008, but our lease expires in 2019 and, if we’re unable to take ownership, there are plans to redevelop the building into luxury flats.

If we can raise the funds to buy the property, we’ll enact our vision of turning it into a centre for students, partners, and the public. Hope Foundry will be a place to attend art exhibitions, gigs and club nights, workshops, classes and it will also offer a cafe/retail space open to all.

If, however, we’re unable to take ownership, we’ll invest all funds in finding a new home where we can realise our vision.

Interacting with
Hope Foundry

Hope Foundry will become a model environment where students and professionals at different stages of development can support one another and make use of facilities. Find out below how we will come together with our partners to use the Foundry.

  • Student Group
  • Apprenticeship Group
  • Professional Group

Step One

Students produce new work as part of an art and design class

Step Two

In class, a student applies a functional skill as the teacher shows him how to use the grid system

Step Three

Using ingredients grown on the roof garden, students take part in a BTEC cooking class

Step Four

In the education space, a student learns how to use digital music editing software in a creative media class

Step Five

In a partner’s studio, a student observes as the printer produces a range of T-shirts

Step Six

After learning how to screen print, students exhibit their work in the exhibition space

Step One

In a partner’s studio, the apprentice helps create a new work alongside a professional screen printer

Step Two

In a class, the apprentice delivers a tutorial to younger students on the printing process

Step Three

Apprentices visit the roof garden to select vegetables for the kitchen

Step Four

The apprentice meets with their assessor in the co-work space to talk through the next steps of the programme

Step Five

In a breakout area, the apprentice works with a videographer and photographer to interview an artist who is set to perform that evening

Step Six

In the exhibition space, the apprentice creates a photographic record of the students’ print display

Step One

In their studio, a photographer and apprentice work to capture images of artworks

Step Two

The photographer captures behind the scenes images as an audio engineer prepares for that evening’s event

Step Three

In the café, professional creatives meet for lunch and to discuss their work

Step Four

In their studio, a printer gives students a tour and oversees their production of work for that evening’s exhibition

Step Five

In the exhibition space, the photographer captures images of students and their exhibition

Step Six

In the exhibition space that evening, the photographer captures images of a DJ performing for the public

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